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La Costa Canyon edged by Santa Margarita in Division 1 regional final

The Mavericks had plenty of scoring opportunities but couldn’t get the big hit in 3-2 loss to Santa Margarita

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA —  Santa Margarita High’s playoff run through the San Diego Section ended with a Southern California Division I baseball championship Saturday afternoon before an overflow crowd at Santa Margarita’s field.

The No. 1-seeded Eagles edged Carlsbad on a walk-off hit in the quarterfinals, got one hit — a two-run homer — and beat Rancho Bernardo in the semifinals, and got great infield play Saturday in edging No. 2-seeded La Costa Canyon 3-2.

La Costa Canyon makes it a 3-game sweep of Eastlake, advances to SoCal finals

Eight-run first inning stuns visitors, propels Mavericks to Saturday’s Division I regional championship game against Santa Margarita

The La Costa Canyon and Eastlake High School baseball teams have played each other three times this season, each time with more on the line.

First, there was the championship game of the top bracket of the Lions Tournament, won by LCC.

On Saturday, May 27, the Mavericks bested Eastlake to win the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship before a full house at San Diego State’s Tony Gwynn Stadium.

CIF State Division 1 Baseball: La Costa Canyon 11, Eastlake 5

Division 1 CIF State Baseball semifinal between La Costa Canyon and Eastlake.

The Mavericks put up 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st and didn’t look back.

They are headed to the state championship game to face Santa Margarita on Saturday June 3rd.

Yankees see first-round pick Spencer Jones as five-tool talent with ‘raw power’

In a perfect Yankees universe, one Aaron Judge would have helped create another.

The Yankees used their first-round pick in the 2022 draft on Spencer Jones, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound Vanderbilt star from California with plenty of power who, despite his size, has been able to hold down center field.

Jones, drafted 25th overall, is a lefty hitter while Judge, also 6-foot-7, from California and with plenty of power, was the 32nd-overall pick in 2013 and is a righty. With the Yankees, Judge has grown into a star capable of playing center field alongside 6-foot-6 Giancarlo Stanton, whose body type also is more commonly found in the NBA.

La Costa Canyon erases three-run deficit, scores ten straight runs to beat Granite Hills for San Diego Section Open Division Title

The Mavericks scored seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to break the game open.
La Costa Canyon shortstop Kaden Bass discusses San Diego Section Open Division championship win over Granite Hills

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Playing their sixth playoff game in ten days, La Costa Canyon entered Friday’s Open Division Championship game against top-seeded Granite Hills limited on pitching options.

After starting pitcher Roni Chutke allowed three runs to Granite Hills in the first inning, it appeared as if the Mavericks were in for a long night. 

Photos: La Costa Canyon baseball wins Division 2 Regional championship

CARLSBAD, CALIF. — It took nine innings on Saturday to decide a winner in the Southern California Division 2 Regional Baseball Championship game between fourth-seeded La Costa Canyon and seventh-seeded Millikan, before the Mavericks were able to come out on top with a 1-0 victory. The game featured a pitcher’s duel between La Costa Canyon senior right-hander Carson Quinn and Millikan’s junior left-hander Myles Patton. The two worked themselves out of trouble throughout the game, sending it into the ninth inning scoreless.

La Costa Canyon beats Long Beach Millikan in walk-off style

Mavericks take Division II SoCal regional title in extra-inning affair

CARLSBAD —Subscribing to the right-man-in-the-right-spot theory, La Costa Canyon High baseball coach Justin Machado, spurned a no-out bunt that would have put runners at second and third with one out, and instead let Mark Prince swing the bat.

And the senior right fielder delivered a ringing double to left that scored pinch-runner Jack Maes with the game’s lone run as the Mavericks edged Long Beach Millikan 1-0 in nine innings to win the Southern California Regional Division II championship before packed stands at La Costa Canyon and another 200 who watched the game from the football field beyond the left-field fence.

La Costa Canyon Ends Bonita’s Season With 5-4 Victory in First Round of CIF State D-2 Playoffs


The 2021 baseball season for Bonita was definitely a success.

The Bearcats finished second in the Palomares League to Ayala and made it to the semifinal round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs before falling to the eventual champions from Thousand Oaks.

2021 East County Prep Baseball

Lions Tournament Division Championship games

La Costa Canyon 7, Grossmont 2

LA MESA – La Costa Canyon pitcher Gabe Camacho followed the season-long blueprint of the Grossmont Foothillers.

Camacho, a right-handed sophomore, kept the Hillers in the ballpark while also hitting his own home run, lifting the Mavericks to the Classic Division championship of the Lions Tournament with Thursday’s (Apr. 1) road victory at Grossmont, 7-2.

Sports Talk: This Machado hits 500 and keeps on going

The name is Machado, the game is baseball so by any chance …

“I tell people all the time he’s my cousin,” Justin Machado, La Costa Canyon High’s baseball coach, said with a wink. Manny Machado is the Padres slugger with the staggering $300 million contract. Still LCC’s Machado recently hitting the 500 mark is equally as impressive. That’s wins at LCC, not dollars, and that’s fine. “Where else would I have it better than out here on this field,” Machado said. Machado, LCC’s lone coach in its 23 seasons, has it pointed toward the CIF San Diego Section playoffs, which start next week. LCC has won three CIF titles and no telling if No. 4 is on the horizon. What’s clear as the pristine infield Machado religiously manicures is he’s doing something right.

La Costa Canyon learns to rally back this season

Trailing by six runs with one out in the top of the sixth inning, La Costa Canyon was headed for its third straight loss. But the next seven batters reached base with six scoring to tie the game.

La Costa Canyon Baseball Coach Reaches Milestone Win

When Justin Machado took over as baseball coach at La Costa Canyon High 23 years ago, he was “just hoping to have a job the next season.” Friday, after 23 years of next seasons, Machado recorded his 500th win as Mavericks coach, a 10-0 victory over Vista that runs his career record to 500-208-2. “It’s insane, crazy, pretty darn special,” Machado said. “And my son (Austin) was catching, so it was even more special. “He wasn’t even born when I started. And for years, he was running around the field causing trouble.” Machado has built a family atmosphere at LCC. For years, his wife Jamie sold concessions out of a cooler. She is at nearly every game.

Baseball: La Costa Canyon 10, Vista 0

It was the ideal way to pick up career win #500 for La Costa Canyon’s Justin Machado. Your most recent star player sparks the offense and your starting pitcher plays lights out on the mound. If only there was one more angle to this story, like, maybe having your son in the starting lineup. Well, that was exactly the fairytale ending to the Mavericks’ 10-0 win over Vista on Friday afternoon.

La Costa Canyon Pitcher Stunning the Scouts

Spencer Jones earned a reputation as a hitter — a big, strong lefty with a beautiful stroke, power and speed.

Then La Costa Canyon High baseball coach Justin Machado — short on pitching in the middle of last season’s Lions Tournament — decided to give the 6-foot-7 Jones a pitching start against No. 1-ranked Eastlake in front of about 25 major league scouts who had come to see Titans right-hander Grant Holman.

Phillies Take La Costa’s Moniak No. 1 in Draft

La Costa Canyon player is fifth San Diegan drafted first overall and first high school outfielder in 13 years selected first. With the first pick …San Diego-area players selected first overall in the MLB Draft: 2016—Mickey Moniak, La Costa Canyon, OF, Phillies: Gatorade State Player of the Year batted .476 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for the Mavericks.2014—Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic, LHP, Astros: Did not sign after medical issue arose.

All-USA Watch: Potential first-round pick Mickey Moniak has been money at the plate for La Costa Canyon (calif.)

Some athletes find their way to baseball but La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) center fielder Mickey Moniak was born to play the game.Begin with the alliterative name that reminds one of the great Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle (though Moniak wasn’t named for Mantle). Add in lineage, with his father, Matt, playing baseball for San Diego State and …

La Costa Canyon’s Evans Joins Mets Farm System

Mavericks shortstop decides on a professional career over an SDSU scholarship after lucrative offer from New York.
Tony Gwynn and his San Diego State baseball program just couldn’t compete with the New York Mets’ big check book. Phillip Evans, who earned All-CIF honors at shortstop for La Costa Canyon High as a senior this spring, has signed a lucrative pro contract…

PREP BASEBALL: A Q&A with La Costa Canyon Baseball Player Phillip Evans

Phillip Evans
School: La Costa Canyon
Sport: Baseball
Position: Shortstop

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